Naval Parade To Commemorate The Gallipoli Wars

On 24 April 2015, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Çanakkale Wars, a naval parade was held under the command of Turkish Navy Northern Task Group Commander Rear Admiral Ali Murat Dede.

The formation led by Turkish frigate TCG Salihreis was made up from the following ships from 5 different nations:

Position Number Name Country Type
1 F-246 TCG Salihreis Turkey Frigate
2 150 HMAS Anzac Australia Frigate
3 F-241 TCG Turgutreis Turkey Frigate
4 D-614 FS Cassard France Destroyer
5 F-242 TCG Fatih Turkey Frigate
6 F-77 HMNZS Te Kaha New Zealand Frigate
7 F-240 TCG Yavuz Turkey Frigate
8 L-15 HMS Bulwark Great Britain Assault Ship
9 F-511 TCG Heybeliada Turkey Corvette
10 SG-702 TCSG Güven Turkey OPV
11 SG-703 TCSG Umut Turkey OPV

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli Land Wars, 4 different ceremonies were held. The first ceremony was organised by Turkish Republic at the Turkish War Memorial on 24 April 2015. On the same day following these Turkish ceremony one ceremony at the British War Cemetery and one in French Cemetery are held simultaneously by their respective nations.

The last and, one of the major commemoration ceremonies was the Dawn Service at the Anzac Cove on 25 April 2015. More than ten thousand Australians and New Zealanders attended this special event.

The naval parade was organized for the commemorations at Turkish War Memorial and for the Anzac Dawn Service. The following photos are from the first event.

The parade of the warships was followed by an impressive show of Turkish Stars the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force. Click here for the photos.

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For the photos of the rehearsal click here.

Rehearsal For The Commemoration Parade

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On 23 April 2015, 11 warships from 5 different nations gathered in Çanakkale to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Çanakkale Wars.

Two of them F-77 HMNZS Te Kaha and 150 HMAS Anzac arrived after a very long journey. The New Zealand frigate Te Kaha left her home port in 16 February and The Australian Frigate Anzac on 15 March 2015.
In addition to Australian and New Zealand frigates the British assault ship HMS Bulwark and the french destroyer FS Cassard ware also present. From Turkish Navy TCG Salihreis, TCG Yavuz, TCG Turgutreis, TCG Fatih TCG Heybeliada took part in the commemorations. And Turkish Coast Guard participated with the offshore patrol vessels TCSG Güven and TCSG Umut.

The above photos are taken on 23 April 2015 as the ship sailed southbound on Dardanelles for a rehearsal.

For the photos from the international sail past click here.

18 March 2015 Naval Parade (Part 2)

I am posting a couple of wide-angle shots to give an impression about the general conduct of the naval parade.

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4 fast attack craft in formation. There is two more but I could not squeeze them in the the photo.

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The corvettes and patrol boats passing through Çanakkale.

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A wide-angle view of the helicopter fly past. 3 Navy S-70B Seahawks are in the front, followed by 3 Coast Guard AB-412’s and 3 (one not in the picture) Army AS-532UL Cougar Mk1.

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T-129 Atak. Turkish attack helicopter based on Italian Mangusta helicopter frame. 3 of them took part in the ceremonies.

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For the photos of the ships click here.

18 March 2015 Naval Parade (Part 1)

On 18 March 2015, Turkish Navy organised a Naval Parade in Çanakkale Strait to commemorate Turkish Victory over the Allied Armada 100 years ago.

6 Navy and Coast Guard helicopters, 3 maritime patrol planes and 6 Army helicopters took part in a fly over. And the Turkish Stars, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force made a display. The focal point of the commemorations was the Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial, was off the limit for me. But I was never the less able to take photos of the warships taking part in the parade, Coast Guard Boats, providing security and ships that were open for public.

TCG Fatih and TCG Akçay were moored in Çanakkale and were open for public visitation:
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The point ship of the naval parade was the replica of the small minelayer TCG Nusret. She was followed by TCG Alanya, TCG Akçakoca and TCG Ayvalık. This was a very propitiate selection ans the mines of the original Nusret laid 100 years ago had a had very definitive results, from the point of view of the continuation of the battle and the future of the world, the mines laid as Sir Winston Churchill once said.
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The second line of the ships were the frigates TCG Oruçreis, TCG Salihreis, TCG Yıldırım, TCG Yavuz, TCG Gemlik and corvettes, TCG Heybeliada, TCG Bozcaada and TCG Bafra.
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The frigates were followed by the patrol boats TCG Türkeli and TCG Karabiga.
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Coast Guard section was headed by TCSG Dost. TCGS Güven, TCSG 303 and TCSG 106 followed her.
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The fast attack boats were the last group of ships to take part in the parade. TCG Mızrak, TCG Kalkan, TCG Atak, TCG Doğan, TCG Tayfun, TCG Rüzgar.
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The following boats provided security during the ceremonies:
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Large landing ship TCG Osmangazi made an appearance in Çanakkale but she did not take port in the commemorations.
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HMS Duncan In Çanakkale

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The last of the Type 45 class destroyers, HMS Duncan made a port visit in Çanakkale during the 18 March Naval Victory Commemorations. I do not know her exact arrival and departure dates but she was there on 17, 18 and 19 March.

She was commissioned in 2013 and left UK for her  maiden deployment to the Mediterranean and Middle East on 2 March 2015.

A Submarine Sighted

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On 7 March 2015, a Turkish Navy, Atılay class submarine was sighted passing through Bosphorus.

Since Turkish Navy stopped painting the pennant number of the submarines on their hulls, it is impossible to identify each individual submarine anymore. While this new painting scheme helps the submarines to blend and prevents IR/FLIR/LLTV using trackers or electro-optic directors any high contrast target, it makes ship spotting difficult.

Last month when USS Cole was in the Black Sea it was reported that she had participated in an underway engagement with Turkish frigate F-243 TCG Yıldırım and submarine S-350 TCG Yıldıray on 21 February 2015.

Since this is the first Atılay class submarine returning from the Black Sea and the only one recently reported to be deployed in the region, I think it is safe to say that this submarine is S-350 TCG Yıldıray.

Belgian Frigate Leopold 1 Departed From Istanbul

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The Karel Doorman class frigate of Belgian Navy BNS Leopold 1 left Istanbul on 6 December 2014. The frigate arrived in Istanbul for a short port visit on her way back to Belgium, after ending her deployment for EU anti piracy operation Atalanta.

A Visitor From The Land Of Beer And Chocolate

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This morning around 9.00 the Karel Doorman class frigate from Belgian Naval Forces F-930 BNS Leopold 1 arrived in Istanbul for a port visit.

The duration of the port visit is not disclosed. As far as I know, this is the first visit of BNS Leopold 1 in Istanbul. She is returning home from EU anti piracy mission Atalanta.

USS Ross Departed From Istanbul

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The US, Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross ended its port visit in Istanbul on 13 November 2014 and headed to the Mediterranean.

USS Ross, arrived in Istanbul on 9 November and made a 5 day stop here. She was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.

USS Ross In Istanbul

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DDG-71 USS Ross in Istanbul for a port visit.

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F-241 TCG Turgutreis, also in Istanbul for a port visit.

US Arleigh Burke class destroyer DDG-71 USS Ross arrived today for a probably 3 day port visit in Istanbul.

USS Ross operating in the US 6th Fleet was deployed between 6 and 9 November to the Black Sea where she had performed underway engagement with Romanian Navy. This second deployment of USS Ross to the Black Sea was the shortest deployment of an US Navy warship in 2014.

Turkish MEKO 200 Track I class frigate, F-241 TCG Turgutreis is also conducting a port visit in Istanbul. It is a customs of Turkish Navy to be present when foreign warships visit Turkish ports.

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